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Re: Original Plots
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.07374  Tuesday, 12 March 2002

[1]     From:   W.L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Mar 2002 15:52:50 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0729 Original Plots

[2]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Mar 2002 22:48:09 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: Original Plots


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From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Mar 2002 15:52:50 -0500
Subject: 13.0729 Original Plots
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0729 Original Plots

Jan Pick writes:

>Lots of writers in 16th and early 17th century re-wrote classical or
>popular plots or made up variations on the theme - as you probably know,
>it was considered perfectly acceptable!

And still is. Last week Michael Cunningham was at the University of
Cincinnati talking about Virginia Woolf 's Mrs Dalloway and The Hours.
Last year it was Updike talking about Gertrude and Claudius. And in 1940
readers were amused by James Branch Cabell's Hamlet Had an Uncle: A
Comedy of Honor. There are even courses on the topic of rewritings in
contemporary literature.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Mar 2002 22:48:09 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        Re: Original Plots

I think Jan should first define the term "plot" and distinguish it from
"story". (See, for example, A Handbook to Literature by C. Hugh Holman
and William Harmon.)

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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